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MAY 2011

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* FOOD RESOURCE UPDATE: MAY 2011 ~ Update not available yet

The Carroll Institute of Natural Healing, co-founded by our renowned Doctors Letitia “Tish” Dick, N.D. and Jared Zeff, N.D., LAc., is an educational opportunity for Naturopathic physicians and students to further their education in the traditional methods of Naturopathy, not otherwise taught in the Naturopathic colleges. This is where physicians and students learn how to perform the Carroll Food Intolerance Evaluation method, constitutional hydrotherapy and other important methods of traditional natural healing.

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* Physicians and Services Page:  Dr. Linda Baum, ND has been corrected to read Dr. Lindsay Baum, ND. Dr. Baum’s contact information has also been updated.

* In The Food Resource List, under Milk and Cream - Non Dairy: So Delicious Coconut Milk Original has been edited. The results include sugar.


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The following was forwarded to me from Dr. Tish, who is a member of the Washington Naturopathic Physicians:

WANP Update – April 15, 2011 Spring Announcements
Dear WANP Members:

This past Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Governor Chris Gregoire signed into law HB1181 creating the Washington state board of naturopathy. This significant new law puts naturopathic physicians in the decision-making position for naturopathic practice for the first time in Washington state. The board will have responsibility for making rules (that interpret scope of practice and quality assurance issues) as well as issuing licenses and managing disciplinary matters.  (For complete text of the new law visit:

The Governor also signed SB5152, a bill that removed two words from the current naturopathic practice act. Deleted were “non-drug” in its reference to contraceptive devices and “non-invasive” in relation to physical modalities. These changes remove obstacles to hormone infused IUDs and open possibilities for additional physical modalities, such as lasers, in the future. Text of this new law is at this link:

Thank you again to all WANP members and volunteers in achieving this legislative success!

From Tessa to fellow Subscribers:  Hello, my name is Tessa and I live in Portland Oregon. I was recently diagnosed as being fruit intolerant and am VERY OVERWHELMED! I am very disciplined so I [am] not concerned about the limited diet so much, but concerned about finding products that are not cross contaminated with fruit. There really isn't much on the Song of Health website that really helps you with beauty products. If you have any products or food that you have not noticed any reactions to, I would greatly appreciate the help or advice. Any brands you feel are great would be helpful. Specific items I am looking for are:

1. body wash
2. shampoo/conditioner
3.  toothpaste
4. chapstick
5. makeup lines
6. facewash, toner, moisturizer, etc

1. sunflower, sesame, or pumpkin seed brands
2. meat
3. vegetables (frozen or fresh)
4. sunflower or safflower oil
5. non dairy milk alternatives besides soy or almond
6. on the go quick foods

Anything you can recommend would help me get started! Thank you very much,Tessa

Reply from Sandra Strom, CEO of Song of Health:  Hi Tessa, there's a couple things I can help you with:

In The Forum, if you'll go to the following links, they will help you to find fruit-free products that Dr. Jared Zeff and others have responded to:

Fruit free face and body wash
I may have found a fruit free soap!
What do fruit people do for shampoo and toothpaste?
fruit free toothpaste, water, etc?
fruit free sunscreen?
fruit free makeup?

Be sure you are logged in to Song of Health. Then you can click on the links above and go directly to the discussions.

In The Food Resource List under Toiletries, the following note is posted at the bottom of the list:  “Most shampoos usually evaluate positive for fruit. The following products appear "safe" for fruit-intolerant people:

  • Herbal Essence Shampoo
  • Tom's toothpastes
  • Sensodyne Toothpaste

All we can suggest is to do the best you can!”

Regarding oils, there are a number of oils listed in The Food Resource List that are fruit-free. Remember to stay away from olive oil, the olive being a fruit.

Do you have a food processor? If so, you can make your own non-dairy milk. Look in the Recipes section under BEVERAGES. There is also a recipe in there for Rice Milk, which is made in a blender.

Regarding fruit-free meats --- Again, please look in The Food Resource List for a number of ones listed. The 3rd column will tell you what the product was evaluated for, and the last column will give the results.

You mentioned eating baby food in your previous email. This concerns me, as it will not have the fiber, etc. in the form for an adult body's needs. I always suggest making your meals from scratch, making enough to have leftovers, for which you can take with the following day, for lunch. If you eat meat, the leftovers may be used in sandwiches, or eaten by itself. Throw in carrots, celery, salad makings, and you have a healthy on-the-road meal. If you aren't intolerant to potato or sugar, there are store-bought, gluten-free breads you can have, or you can make your own. Check out the Recipes section for many recipes that you can have. Also, in The Food Resource List are listed gluten-free grains that you can have.

I understand how overwhelming changing your diet is when first starting. I promise you, it will get easier! And you'll be more encouraged as you begin to feel better after your body has had a chance to detox from its food intolerances. I suggest taking it a step or two at a time, feeling comfortable with those changes, then taking on a couple more changes, until you are very comfortable with all that is available to you and safe for you to have. When you feel frustrated, go back to the first things that you know are safe, and work forward from there.

For example, you can use Sensodyne (regular) toothpaste or baking soda for brushing your teeth. Personally, I use baking soda by choice, not by need. I wet my toothbrush, then dip it in a special jar filled with baking soda that is specifically for this purpose. You now know you can use Herbal Essence shampoo. It's not what we would consider a "natural, chemical-free" product, but it is still safe for you to use. Begin with these products that have been evaluated by our doctors and who use them. By taking it one step at a time, it will keep the process as simple as possible and help to eliminate those feelings of being overwhelmed.

Much time has been invested in publishing the information at Song of Health to help everyone adapt safe eating and living habits. I suggest taking time to get yourself familiarized with what is available to you. This will take some time, as there is so much there. Print out the pdf files of The Food Resource List, or if you have a smartphone, keep The List handy on it when you shop. That's what I do, so I'll know what to buy. It's impossible for me to remember everything, especially when the results may periodically change. Also, print out the Fruit Page in the Food Categories section and carry it with you. These tools will make your life so much more manageable!  In health, Sandra

From Tessa:  Thanks for the nice email. I have been eating baby food while traveling for work because it’s in a jar and it’s easy to transport. When traveling I don't have a kitchen to make things or cook things so baby food has been a lifesaver for vegetables since it doesn't need to be refrigerated. I have 6 days in [Arizona] next week, which makes me very nervous. I have other food allergies that I combat as well which keeps eating out difficult. How long does the detox phase normally last, I have the worst headache :(.

Sandra:  Detoxing is a personal adventure, and depends on a number of things: How toxic your system is, what treatment(s) and/or medications or supplements you're receiving to aid the process and your body. Oftentimes, many of the allergies you're experiencing will go away once your body is clean of the toxic food intolerance substances. The immune system will have an opportunity to get stronger when it isn't called out all the time to try to rectify a toxic reaction caused by food intolerance ingestion. Our staff doctor, Dr. Tish Dick, highly recommends coming in for constitutional hydrotherapy treatments to help facilitate and expedite the detox process. I suggest asking your doctor if she can help you with that.

Headaches and other symptoms of being ill are common when reversing the condition of dis-ease, in the body's return to healing. If you'll click on the diagram of The Process of Healing on the Subscribers Home Page (or Click here), then scroll down to the diagram, you'll see how the process of healing works, and that it is common to feel sick as the process reverses and goes through the conditions that were caused in getting sick.  In health, Sandra

Tessa:  Hi Sandra, I am feeling overwhelmed in general. I just got diagnosed by a naturopath on Friday but they didn't give me any resources besides one list of things to avoid. I am most concerned with cross contamination. I have spent so much money finding out what was really wrong with me so I would love to submit food for evaluation but, if I submitted everything I consistently ate, that would be over 200 dollars.  So maybe you can answer this:

1. If I am buying vegetables, is it normally better to get frozen or fresh when it comes to cross contamination. I figure, if I wash the vegetables really good or skin the outside peel I should be ok.

Any advice you have for me is greatly appreciated. I'm just overwhelmed and stressed out. Almost every beauty product has fruit derivative in it. Thanks.

Also, is there any way to email someone directly who has been navigating this for awhile, perhaps a subscriber who has been there and done that?

Reply from Sandra:  Hi Tessa, I understand your frustration.  When you read through the posts in The Forum and emails shared in the newsletters, you'll find answers to questions posed by your fellow fruit intolerant Subscribers.  Some posts will have their email links.  I'm always available to help.  And you can post in The Forum.

With toiletries, that is tricky. The Food Resource List will help with that.

It is always best to eat fresh, local, organic produce whenever possible.  Do the best you can.  You're wise to wash it all first.  I don't advise peeling everything, as important nutrients are in the skins, such as [in] carrots.  Obviously, skins will be removed from onions, etc.  Do you have specific produce in mind that you're concerned about?

Check the Fruit Page in the Food Categories section for a list of things to avoid and what you can have.  The Food Substitutions List will also help a lot.

Tessa:  The Food Resource List wasn't very much help either. All the toiletry items were positive for fruit so it didn't give me any options. I shop at a store in Portland, Oregon called New Seasons. I always buy fresh produce but now I'm skeptical. I only get my meats from them as well. I travel a lot with work and have been getting baby food because the vegetables are easy to travel with, but on The Resource guide many had fruit. I'm leaving for 6 days for Arizona for work and just don't know how I am going to feed myself without fruit for 6 days. Most take-and-go packaged foods had fruit in it.

Sandra:  Remember that you can have all the melons you want - they're fruit free. Cantaloupe, watermelon, etc. They can be cut up ahead of time and taken with. I would do this with veggies also - carrots, celery, etc.

Tessa:  What is your suggestion about filtering water? There isn't much on it on the website besides the big jugs. Were there any bottled water recommendations for when I travel?

Editor’s Note:  I referred Tessa to The Food Resource List, where there are a couple of bottled water choices that are safe for her.  Sandra

Further reply from Sandra:  I'm happy to continue to answer your questions and help you in transitioning and adapting.

I'll share with you that WE ALL sometimes eat stuff that has our food intolerances in them, unknowingly. If something causes a reaction and I can identify it, I stop using it, at the very least until I can get it tested. Dr. Tish makes up capsules called #42 caps. They have gentian and skullcap in them. When I eat out, I take one and it helps to flush any food intolerance toxins I may have gotten into. I will usually feel somewhat fatigued the next day, though, if I ate something wrong, even with the pills. But I generally won't go through the pain and discomfort I otherwise would, such as headache or stomach ache.

Just do the best you can, be diligent about what you eat, and you'll notice the difference.

Tessa:  Is vanilla considered a fruit?

Sandra:  Hi Tessa, vanilla is not fruit. Depending on what solution is used to make the extract, food categories will be present, i.e., glycerine base will be fruit or meat. Alcohol base will probably be grain.  In health, Sandra


A Sample From The Forum:



Posted by Paulina, 11th April, 2011:  Hi! I am confused by the results (Sf, P, F) of the So Delicious Coconut Milk, Original.  The ingredients listed include 'Organic dried cane syrup', but it does not test for sugar? Was the ingredient list different when the product was tested in 2009?  I would really appreciate a clarification, as I am dairy and fruit/sugar intolerant.  There are limited milk substitute products that don't test for sugar, so it would be nice if this wasn't an error.

Posted by Sandra, CEO of SOH:  Hello Paulina, thanks for bringing this up.  Yes, cane syrup is sugar.  I’m not sure why it wasn't reported by our doctors as such.  It could have been an error in the clerical department rather than the test itself.  I will pass this on to Dr. Tish and I will change it in The Food Resource List.

Good work on reading the ingredients listed on the package and catching this!  In health,

P.S. - It also is possible that ingredients changed since 2009.  That's why it is so important to read the ingredients list, as Paulina did.  And, as she did, it is important to share with us when you find such discrepancies, so that we can all benefit.  Thanks again, Paulina.


Posted by Denise, 8th April, 2011:  Boy, could I use some help.  I tested for a Potato with a Fruit/Sugar combo intolerance in Jan.  Have had a very hard time adjusting, but just when I start to get a handle on it, I now also test for a fish and soy intolerance.  I am beside myself with how to function, plus I am hungry all the time.  My reactions have been so bad for so long that I am afraid to eat, I second guess everything I try to make, what container any of it was kept in, what I am using for toothpaste, Chap Stick ... on and on.  I haven't eaten red meat for 20+ years; now seafood and soy are out.  I work long hours and need food I can fix and store for breakfasts and lunches.  I am at a total loss of what to do and usually end up in tears every day.  How do you shop?  I am going to so many different stores just to get a few things to get by.  The List of okay foods is quite short but how do you know if you can buy anything not on the list?  How do you cook?  Most of the ingredients, I can't use (cooking wasn't my thing to begin with).  I know I am rambling, but I'm just really overwhelmed.  Any suggestions on foods, recipes or just how to cope with all this would be appreciated very much.

Posted by Sandra, CEO of SOHHi Denise, it almost makes you wonder if you need to become a scientist just to eat!  We can all relate to your frustration.  Personally, I also have Potato as main and Fruit/Sugar combo within 6 hrs of each other.  I understand how hopeless it feels when first starting out.  Although companies will change ingredients in their products that throw another kink in the wheel, you'll find that it still does get easier as you continue on the path of avoiding your food intolerances.

Here are a few tips that may help you:
1)  Cut out refined sugar as much as possible, substitute with organic raw honey, organic maple syrup, or agave syrup.  You may also be able to find raw maple sugar or date sugar that does not contain refined sugar.  That will resolve the Fruit/Sugar issue.  I cook everything from scratch, just like in the "olden days".  I don't use packaged products for dessert bases, etc.

2)  Potato seems to be in so many things these days.  The starch is often used as a stabilizer or thickener.  I’ve cut out some of my favorite foods, such as cream cheese, because most of them contain guar gum.  Sierra Nevada Cheese Company Cream Cheese and Farmhouse Natural Original, which is on The Food Resource List, is potato-free, if you can find it. I’ve learned to live without and around packaged foods that I can't safely have.

3)  As long as you refrain from refined sugar, you'll be fine with toothpaste and other toiletries containing fruit derivatives.

4)  There are a number of meat selections that you are able to have and that aren't red meat.  Organic, free range chicken, turkey, poultry in general is a good land meat choice.

If it will help you, I will start adding poultry recipes to the recipes section.  I’ve been concentrating on recipes that I personally cook for myself and my relations, but I am happy to help out if there's interest in me doing so.

Eggs are another source of protein that you can have.  There are so many ways eggs can be used in cooking and baking.  I suggest buying local eggs whenever possible; where the chickens get an opportunity to get out of the coop and scratch around for favorite chicken tidbits.

Leftovers make great lunches.  Fresh vegetables and salad are a healthy addition to any meal.  Hard boiled eggs are easy to pack. When I was working out of the house one of my favorite lunches was to heat tortilla chips with cheese, then top with salad makings.  I’m sure there are food purists that would scoff at that, but I did very well with it.  I didn't get sick; I got protein, greens, and starch; it satisfied my hunger, and my energy levels stayed good.  Keep in mind that everything was organic and safe for me to eat.  I watched my co-workers purchase all kinds of junk food, and restaurant food every day.  They spent a fortune on all that weight-gaining, unhealthy food while I saved money and managed my health and weight.  And I didn't feel exhausted from trying to digest heavy foods.

I suggest checking out the SOH Recipes section for some great suggestions.  Keep it simple and easy, and you'll soon find yourself enjoying your time in the kitchen!  With a good attitude, you'll even want to eat your own cooking.  I’m so spoiled on my own cooking anymore, that it's hard to please me in a restaurant.  Hope that gives you a place to start.  In health, S

Posted by Denise:  Thank you for your suggestions.  I have already cut out sugar and switched to honey or agave.  I found this easier than avoiding fruit.  The sweet tooth in me hasn't been too happy.....but what are you going to do?  Poultry recipes would be great; any pasta, rice, soups would also be great.  I also find breakfast difficult.  I go to work quite early, not ready for food that early, but finding things to bring are tuff.  When at home I can do eggs or I have loved the waffles/pancake recipes but on the go is tuff.  I am (was) a big bread eater.  Bagels, muffins, baked goods in the AM with fruit.  Having a tuff time with that too, if you have any recipes without sugar.

The toothpaste is more of a seafood issue as it has seaweed.  A lot of dairy products have seafood, who knew?  So very limited on the cheese also.  And soy, holy cow, that is in everything...not as bad as potato but trying to avoid both is hard.

What about containers?  I know most Ziploc bags, disposable containers are out but what about hard plastics, Tupperware, Rubbermaid, etc.; do I need to worry about those?  Thank you so much for the help.

Also, is there a good way to know where the best bet is to get some of these things, i.e.: organic chicken, turkey?  So many things, really.  So you are not going all over town looking for these certain brand names or products?

Posted by Sandra:  If you'll go to the category "Food Questions" to the thread "chicken and beef" you'll find a discussion of where you can buy meat in the Spokane area.  Huckleberry's is one good place.  Remember to have them wrap the meat in their freezer paper and not put it in the Styrofoam (for environmental reasons) or wrap in plastic (to avoid potential food intolerance).

Eating Right Chicken can be found at Safeway.  Shelton brand is safe and found at Huckleberry's and Main Street Market.

In The Food Resource List, you'll find a few plastics that have been evaluated to be safe for you.  Fred Meyer zip lock bags are one.  If you use a brand that has not been evaluated yet, I would suggest submitting one for analysis, especially if you can identify a reaction from food that has been stored in the plastic.

Isn’t it nice to know you don't have to figure this out all alone?!!  In health,

P.S. Regarding toothpaste, I know that Sensodyne is ok for the fruit people.  You might consider having it evaluated for seafood.  I use baking soda for brushing my teeth; however, if you don't have strong enamel as I do, dentists don't recommend using baking soda because it is abrasive.

I’ll ask Dr. Tish if she knows of a safe product for you out there.

Posted by Terri Bade, 11th April, 2011:

Wow, I could have written your email!  Just want to encourage you.  The first couple of months are the most difficult!  Just think, by summer you will begin to emerge from this fog and be on your way to better eating and feeling amazingly great!!!  I was a vegetarian when I first came to Windrose and was tested.  I decided to slowly add back in some animal products because I was down to so little to eat.  It has worked out well for me. You have to re-arrange your thinking, learn to plan ahead.  When you find something good that you can eat with no reaction, stock up.  As far as containers, I’ve switched to mostly glass containers, but still use Tupperware too.  I haven't noticed any trouble with these.  Everyone is different.  I do wish you well, knowing how very, very challenging this whole new way of thinking can be!

Posted by Sandra, CEO of SOH

13th April, 2011:  Dr. Tish said she recommends baking soda as a substitute for toothpaste, for her seafood intolerant patients.

* When posting a question or comment on The Forum to a thread that is not recent (within the current week), PLEASE CREATE A NEW THREAD, even if the topic has been discussed at a prior time. This way, new entries won’t get unintentionally missed. *

The Forum is a great way to make new friends!

It is a great opportunity for you to share tips, meals, recipes and any other information to help support and educate each other!





The following list of ingredients is on a label from a recent product that is in the March Food Resource List updates:

INGREDIENTS:  Pure Juice Made From Apple, White Grape, Orange And Clementine Juice Concentrates, Sparkling Water, Citric Acid, Gum Arabic, Natural Flavor, Beta Carotene (Color).

As part of my goal to continually improve on helping you in the quest of eating safely in accordance with your personal food intolerances, this section is another way to help you identify suspicious ingredients and … HAVE SOME FUN!

* First, identify obvious food categories, i.e. potato starch = potato.
* Next, identify potential hidden ingredients, i.e. guar gum = potato.
* Finally, if you can answer this, you are exceptionally brilliant:  What product is this?

The answers are on Page 18, at the bottom of the New Recipes section, just above The Food Resource List Updates.        ~~~


Each month we bring you articles on a myriad of topics regarding health and environmental issues. The main focus of Song of Health is to avail you of expert information on the Carroll Food Intolerance dietary methods. This is the first step to getting and staying well. We feel, however, that there are also many other interesting and important issues to be aware of. It is our goal to share, with you, our findings on what may have a cause and effect on our healthy lives.



This month I am sharing with you an email recently forwarded to me from Dr. Tish.  Included was her comment:  Interesting info. I think we all knew this, but nice to see it is in the mind of others...

From: "Dr. Daniel J. Young"
Subject: FW: The real facts about MSG

All Good Medicine,Dr. Dan
Center for Natural Medicine, Inc.
10928 Eagle River Road, Ste. 254
Eagle River, Alaska 99577

One of my elderly patients sent me this.  I know that all of us have advocated against MSG etc., for years but I found this an interesting read just the same.  I’m not sure about the “hydrolyzed vegetable protein” being another name for MSG.  Has anyone read John Erb’s book?* 

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

The food additiveMSG(Mono-Sodium Glutamate) is a slow poison.  MSG hides behind25 or more names, such as "Natural Flavoring."  MSG is even in your favorite coffee from Starbucks coffee shops!

I wondered if there could be an actual

chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic,and so did a friend of mine, John Erb.  He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and spent years working for the government.  He made an
amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing
called The Slow Poisoning of America.

In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and ratsto use in diet or diabetes test studies.  No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, soscientists have to create them.  They make these creatures morbidly obese by injectingthem with MSG when they are first born.

The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhapshumans) to become obese.  They even have a name for the fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats."

When I heard this, I was shocked.  I went into my kitchen and checked the cupboards andthe refrigerator.  MSG was in everything -- the Campbell’s soups, the Hostess Doritos,the Lay's flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinzcanned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, and Kraft salad dressings, especiallythe "healthy low-fat" ones.

The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product label had something called
"Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein," which is just another name forMonosodium

It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children every day are
filled with this stuff.  MSG is hidden under many different names in order to fool those
who read the ingredient list, so that they don't catch on.  (Other names for MSG are
"Accent, "Ajinomoto," "Natural Meat Tenderizer," etc.) 

But it didn't stop there.  When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu itemscontained MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG.

But when we asked for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough,MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere.

Burger King, McDonald's,Wendy's,Taco Bell, every restaurant -- even the sit-down
eateries likeTGIF,Chili's,Applebee's, andDenny's-- use MSG in abundance.
Kentucky Fried Chickenseemed to be the WORST offender:  MSG was in every
chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy.  No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the
skin -- their secret spice was MSG!

So why is MSG in so many
of the foods we eat?

Is it apreservative, or a vitamin?

Not according to my friend John Erb.  In his book, The Slow Poisoning of America, he
said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body.

Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group
supporting MSG explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat

A study of the elderly showed that older people eat more of the foods that it is addedto.  The Glutamate Association lobbying group says eating more is a benefit to theelderly, but what does it do to the rest of us?

"Betcha can't eat [just] one," takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight!

MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makespeople choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than theywould if MSG wasn't added.

Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance. Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has beenadded in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks, and fastfoods we are tempted to eat every day.

The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe
to eat in any amount.  But how can they claim it's safe when there are hundreds of
scientific studies with titles like these:

"The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercisein obesity."
Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol PatholPharmacol. 2002.

"Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both
normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats."
Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho
VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro.
Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.

"Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously
hypertensive rats: An animal model of multiple risk factors."
Iwase M, Yamamoto M,Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima. Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar.

"Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling
period and subsequent development of obesity."
Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K
Kusunoki. Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct.

No, the date of that last study was not a typo; it was published in 1978.  Both the "medicalresearch community" and "food manufacturers" have known about the side effects of MSGfor decades.

Many more of the studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG todiabetes,migraines
andheadaches,autism,ADHD, and evenAlzheimer's.

So what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping this fattening and addictiveMSG
into our food supply

and causing the obesity epidemic we now see?

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest
government health officials in Canada.  While he was sitting in the government office, theofficial told him, "Sure, I know how bad MSG is.  I wouldn't touch the stuff."  But this top-levelgovernment official refuses to tell the public what he knows.

The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing issues with their advertisers. Itseems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin.  The foodproducers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now weare paying the price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by anaddictive food additive.

But what can I do about it?  I'm just one voice!  What can I do to stop the poisoning of ourchildren, while our governments are insuring financial protection for the industry that ispoisoning us?

This message is going out to everyone I know in an attempt to tell you the truth that thecorporate-owned politicians and media won't tell you.

The best way you can help to save yourself and your children from this drug-induced
epidemic is to forward this article to everyone.  With any luck, it will circle the globe beforepoliticians can pass the legislation protecting those who are poisoning us.

The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry.  Imagine if big tobacco had abill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on nicotine?

If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us and you don'tbelieve what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicineat

Type in the words "MSG Obese" and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.
We the public do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve offood that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the foodindustry's bottom line while waiting for the heart transplant, the diabetic-inducedamputation, blindness, or other obesity-induced, life-threatening disorders.

With your help we can put an end to this poison.  Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail, or by distribution ofthis printout to your friends all over the world and stop this "Slow Poisoning of Mankind"by the packaged food industry.

Blowing the whistle on MSG is our responsibility, so get the word out.

* Editor’s Note:  The book Dr. Young is referring to is The Slow Poisoning of America, by John E. Erb and T. Michelle Erb.  Copyright 2003. 
This book discusses many governmentally and AMA accepted chemicals passed on to us that are, in reality, dangerous to our health.



Remember that eating our food intolerances can have a dramatic effect on our moods as well as other symptoms we discuss, ad infinitum.


By Sandra Strom, CEO of Song of Health

It’s been a wearing week for me.  My head’s been a 50 pound weight perched on my neck; surely not filled with brilliant brain matter.  I’ve been in a slow motion movie, choo-chooed right off the track by early afternoon.  Alternating hot and cold waves pulse in alternation through my body; the temperature of the room makes no difference.  Maintaining concentration and giving a hoot has been an effort.  I’m working at keeping my blood from boiling with anger over nothing in particular.  It feels like menopause, but it’s not.  Yes, it’s been a challenging week.

What caused Life to pass me by this week, while I trudged heavily in the slow lane?  Why have I been content to lie around watching old movies instead of planting and hiking in the cool Spring air? 

Simply, I ran out of thyroid supplements!  They were to be mailed out with a week’s time to spare, yet they weren’t delivered.  Each day I thought, “Today they’ll be here, no need to be concerned.”  I didn’t realize that my body would be going through such dramatic withdrawal symptoms as it quickly slipped into a hypothyroid condition. 

If I am so careful about my diet --- avoiding my food intolerances as best I can, eating organically grown products, maintaining the necessary nutrients in my choice of foods --- why would I have a problem with my thyroid, or any organ for that matter?  After all, I’ve been avoiding my food intolerances for over 30 years!  Shouldn’t that be enough to fix everything?

About 10 years ago I was in a serious motor vehicle wreck.  Prior to the accident, I was a very energetic woman, nearly hyperactive and, other than being plagued with a lousy back caused from prior accidents, quite healthy and fortunate.  I rode horses, farmed and gardened, kayaked, swam; I lived a very healthy lifestyle.  After my wounds healed from the accident I still felt sluggish and not my normal self.  A checkup by Dr. Zeff presented very weak reflexes and a temperature of 96.8 (normal is 98.6).  Further tests showed my thyroid was within the far edge of the bell curve, which allopathic physicians diagnose as normal --- but I wasn’t.  So, Dr. Zeff put me on a natural thyroid supplement.  I began to move at a rather normal pace again, albeit still slow for hyperactive me, and my reflexes once again responded, indicating I was coming back to Life. 

Years later, Dr. Tish diagnosed me with Wilson Syndrome --- a condition where the hormones produced by the thyroid are out of balance, generally caused by a traumatic or shocking experience.  Even giving birth can cause the condition.  It can be resolved but it is a very complicated process, so I have personally opted to take thyroid supplement to keep the hormones evened out.

What’s my point, sharing this story with you?

First, I emphasize --- as always --- that avoiding your food intolerances is the first step to getting well and maintaining good health.  When we first sought our doctor to be evaluated, it wasn’t because we felt good --- We sought help because we were sick, injured, just not rightly healthy.  Damage may have been incurred through years of abuse.  Organs may now be suffering; glands may be stressed and not able to produce their hormones properly; something may have already been surgically removed by allopathic doctors who cut out suspected dying or unhappy parts; alcohol and drugs may have hastened the deterioration. 

Wherever we’ve come from to create our current condition, once we arrive here we can expect that the body will need time to heal, and it will usually need help.  Sometimes treatment is only needed as a kick-start; other times it will be required for life, due to permanent insult. 

Being evaluated for our food intolerances is a great start, and for which we need to follow through.  We accomplish this by working together at Song of Health, to learn how to adapt and continue to maintain our lifestyles in a healthy manner, and share our experiences with each other.  We must also include our doctors’ expertise to help fix the damage done.

Secondly, I emphasize that you do your best to connect with your body.  Be realistic and honest about what is really affecting your health, listen to what your body tells you, and seek the necessary assistance.    

Hopefully, today the supplements will arrive.

To All My Relations, Sandra

Dr Harold Dick


“Every dis-ease known to humans is created in our digestion system”
(Dr. Harold Dick, N.D.)




Each month new recipes are published in the Recipes section at Song of Health.  In the newsletter they are listed and linked so you can easily go to them in the Recipes section.

*  The ingredients for all the recipes are coded for food intolerance items.

* WE INVITE YOU TO SHARE YOUR SUGGESTIONS, RECIPES, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS.  Please go to The Forum and post in the Recipes section, or contact us at

~ Always use organic products whenever possible.
~ We recommend you use Celtic sea salt, which is Neutral and pure.



Just click on the recipe link to go directly to it in the RECIPES SECTION, or copy and paste the “url”. Remember to log in first!

Is there a recipe you would like to have, or need help adapting?  I’m happy to help! Contact me at



In response to requests for recipes that our seafood intolerants can eat and that are alternative protein, I will begin adding some meat recipes.  The recipe above is designed for ease of preparation, is healthy, and is food intolerant free other than the meat.  It is pretty basic, lending plenty of room for you to adapt to your own taste and desires.


Check out the Recipes category in The Forum for recipes that fellow Subscribers have been gracious enough to share!  Plus, cooking and baking questions are asked and answered.



  • Listed Ingredients:  (F) Pure Juice Made From Apple, (F) White Grape, (F) Orange And Clementine Juice Concentrates, Sparkling Water, (F) Citric Acid, Gum Arabic, Natural Flavor, Beta Carotene (Color).
  • Potential Hidden Ingredients:  (P) The Gum Arabic may contain potato. (D,F,P,S) The Natural Flavor may contain dairy, fruit, potato, or sugar.
  • The product was evaluated for: ALL; the results were: D,F,P,S.
  • The product is: Izze Sparkling Clementine, evaluation date 02/11.  Hidden ingredients resulted in (D) dairy, (P) potato, and (S) sugar.

This is a very difficult product for identifying ingredients, as the hidden ingredients are very unexpected, especially dairy and sugar.

Wasn’t that fun?!  How did you do?


REMINDER: IMPORTANT!  Per the request of Dr. Zeff, we will continue to print this message in every newsletter from now on. It is an important issue that we believe needs to always be addressed:
On occasion, a subscriber will ask our doctors a question regarding a food intolerance and their responses will slightly differ. This has sometimes caused confusion and has been expressed directly to one of our doctors by several patients.

Per Dr. Zeff: “…most likely, we are not evaluating foods for, e.g., potato content. We are evaluating a food against a blood sample of a person with a known potato intolerance…” Test results for one patient to a food can vary from another patient, even though they are intolerant to the same food category. So, Dr. Watrous may determine a different result than Dr. Zeff, or any of the other doctors who competently perform this testing, because they are testing a patient’s specific blood sample to a specific food sample. As Dr. Zeff puts it, “It is one of the peculiarities of the methodology.

For this reason, we constantly emphasize throughout the Song of Health website that the information found on the website is a guide only. If you have any personal issues with a product, in other words, a test evaluation shows a food should be o.k. for you to eat, yet you have a reaction to it anyway, we suggest you refrain from consuming it until you have it tested for you personally.

Always, always, always consult your physician with any medical issues you may be experiencing, any drugs you have questions about or your medical care. Our purpose is to help you to determine what foods are included in food intolerance categories.  All other information, including articles, are for educational purposes, and is not meant to replace your doctor’s care for you.  We are set up as a support team for doctor, patient and subscriber.  There are many questions Song of Health can answer for you, and we encourage you to ask us first, in regards to food and food intolerances.  All other medical discussions should be directed to your physician.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.  We are here to support you and your efforts to claim and maintain great health by refraining from your food intolerances. In Health, Sandra Strom




Use the codes below to translate the Results Column.

All =
Bad for All
Ms =
Mine Salt
D =
N =
Neutral for All
E =
P =
F =
Sf =
G =
Ss =
Sea Salt
H =
S =
M =
Sy =


* As items are submitted and analyzed by our staff doctors, they are then added to the Food Resource List on the Song of Health website. We compile the updated lists to email to you as well.

* The items are listed per category.

* By listing the “Date Evaluated” you can be assured of the most recent updates.

* Under the “Evaluated For” column, “ALL” signifies that the product has been analyzed for all food categories included in the Carroll Food Intolerance Evaluation Method.

In some cases, you will see ingredients listed in the “Results” column that are ot included in “Evaluated For.” This is due to: 1) the ingredient has been listed on the packaging; 2) or it is obviously in the stated category; 3) or our doctors evaluated for more than what was asked for. For example, results for milk will be “dairy (D).”

* Under “Purchased At” we furnish where the product was purchased, whenever the information is available, in the newsletter. (Most brand foods considered “natural” or organic products may be found at your local natural foods store.) We are not able to show the “Purchased At” column on the website, however.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:
. We are happy to help!

* SHOPPING SUGGESTION: Do you have a Blackberry, Iphone or other mobile smart phone with internet capability?  I use mine as my shopping tool!  Just log in to your account at Song of, go to The Food Resource List, and verify products as you shop!

MAY 2011

Dr. Tish’s staff is preparing a list of updates for the past month.  As soon as it is available I will compile them for you and email the list to all current Subscribers.  Thank you.






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